To set up a connection manually is a few simple steps.
first verify there is a modem installed on your laptop that you wish to use dial-up networking on.
right click my computer, select properties.
on the top of the pop up window you'll see tabs, tab to hardware.
now click the device manager button.
you'll see your computers components listed, look for one marked modem and click the little plus sign to the left of it.
if there is no modem, stop here as you can't set up a dial up connection without a modem.
if there is a modem, and there's no highlights like a yellow exclamation point, or a circle with a line though it, we'll assume your modem is working correctly.
close the windows you have open.
now click start, and control panel.
If your control panel is set to show category view, on the left click switch to classic view.
when in classic view, click network connections.
in the network connections pop up, on the left click create a new connection. the new connection wizard will pop up.
put a check in the create a new connection box and click next.
put a check in the set up my connection manually box, and click next
put a check in the connect using a dial-up modem box and click next.
now give your dial up connection a name, it's not really important, so name it anything you like.
next you'll need to give it a number to dial, this is very important.
go here to get your number
after entering your dial-up access phone number, click next
now enter your earthlink username, and password, the password will have to be intered twice.
uncheck the two boxes below, one is to make this connection default, and one is to use this username and password anytime anyone connects to the internet on this computer.
you have now manually set up a dial up network connection.
you have the option of creating a link to your desktop if you wish.
there is also a connect to dialog on your start menu
click finish and you're done.